SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey won’t name names, but he’s seen grown men in MLB clubhouses showering in their baseball caps.
Baseball players are funny that way. They’re bound to superstition and they’re ritualistic about the way they do things. So if that means showering in a cap or doing something strange to break it in, that’s what’s going to happen.
I found myself standing next to Posey, the former MVP and star catcher for the San Francisco Giants, at a Lids store last week, ready to learn the secrets of his cap. You didn’t know caps have secrets? Maybe that’s the first secret.
Here’s something you may not know about Posey and his cap: He wears a different style than almost every other player in MLB. (No, not because he’s a catcher). He wears the New Era low profile 59FIFTY, which is very much what the name suggests. The silhouette is lower and the visor is pre-bent. He prefers to the traditional New Era cap most players wear.
“It has an Elmer Fudd-ish look on my head,” Posey joked about the more popular, higher-sitting caps.
Interesting story: Before this season, New Era’s head of team services made sure all MLB clubs knew they had this other cap available for players like Posey, who might want a different fit. Who knew this much went into cap selection? Since then, a few players have adopted the low-profile cap. Posey might dig it the most.
I learned about Posey’s love for the low-profile in the latest installment of my Open Mike video series. Not only that, but Posey fitted me for my own cap (yes, he even measured my head — talk about a man of many talents). Then he showed me how he breaks in his own caps.
Are you ready for another secret? His method involves a spray bottle. You’ll have to watch the video to hear Posey’s entire explanation for the spray bottle, plus stories about other MLB players getting their caps just right.
I guess a spray bottle is better than a shower, right?
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